The Six Shooter
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THE SIX SHOOTERThe Six Shooter brought James Stewart to the NBC microphone on September 20, 1953, in a fine series of folksy Western adventures.
Stewart was never better on the air than in this drama of Britt Ponset, frontier drifter created by Frank Burt. The epigraph set it up nicely: "The man in the saddle is angular and long-legged: his skin is sun dyed brown. The gun in his holster is gray steel and rainbow mother-of-pearl. People call them both The Six Shooter." Ponset was a wanderer, an easy-going gentleman and -- when he had to be -- a gunfighter.
Stewart was right in character as the slow-talking maverick who usually blundered into other people's troubles and sometimes shot his way out. His experiences were broad, but The Six Shooter leaned more to comedy than other shows of its kind. Ponset took time out to play Hamlet with a crude road company. He ran for mayor and sheriff of the same town at the same time. He became involved in a delighful Western version of Cinderella, complete with grouchy stepmother, ugly sisters, and a shoe that didn't fit. And at Christmas he told a young runaway the story of A Christmas Carol, Substituting the original Dickens characters with Western heavies. Britt even had time to fall in love, but it was the age-old story of people from different worlds, and the romance was foredoomed despite their valiant efforts to save it.
So we got a cowboy-into-the-sunset ending for this series, truly one of the bright spots of radio. Unfortunately, it came too late, and lasted only one season.
It was a transcribed show, sustained by NBC and directed by Jack Johnstone. Basil Adlam provided the music and Frank Burt wrote the scripts. Hal Gibney announced.
Information from John Dunning’s "Tune In Yesterday The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio".
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: The Six Shooter
Release Status: OTRR Certified Complete
Release Date: March 1, 2013
Release Version: Version 5.1
Number of CDs: 1
NOTE: Updated Release! Corrected MP3 ID tags and a new version of Hiram's Gold Strike with formerly missing dialogue (15-May-2013).
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- 2006-07-14 18:05:19
Subject: THE SIX SHOOTER The Six Shooter with James Stewart
Subject: Why was six shooter a 1 season show.
Subject: Great Show!
Subject: Not Enough
Subject: A Boy's Inspiration
When I listened to the program, I would look off to the northwest out our farmhouse window and dream that one day I would also be a cowboy drifter who would go around and do good wherever I went.
The musical themes were also compelling for me - I learned them and never forgot them. They are still favorites for me.
Subject: Without a doubt my fav western
Subject: "The Six Shooter" with James Stewart is Great!
Subject: Extremely Enjoyable
Subject: The Six Shooter
Subject: One of the best shows ever
Subject: One of the Best
more. Between the character of Britt Ponsett so
ably done by Jimmy Stewart and stories which did
more than run the usual gauntlet of crooked sheriff, to sheepers vs. cattleman, I thoroughly
enjoyed each episode of this series. Throw in a
theme which you can't get enough of and its a
five star winner.
Subject: Great western show